Sony Has Stepped Up Their Game: Playstation 4 Reviewed

playstation4-press-console-controller-camThe Playstation 3 represented a role-reversal for Sony. Having been the reigning king of home video game devices, established by their highly successful launch of the Playstation 2, the electronics giant took a step back upon the release of the PS3. At the time, it’s functionality didn’t compare against Microsoft, the XBox 360 being considered the winner of the video game market cap war at the time. The PS3 was more expensive, it’s multiplayer platform was inferior, and the system-specific games were not as well engineered or efficiently promoted as the XBox 360 games. Microsoft decidedly won the battle of that generation of systems; but it has not won the war. Sony has bounced back in a big way with the release of it’s next-generation system in the PS4.

With the PS4, it’s clear that Sony wants the spotlight back, and based on the feedback collected at this year’s E3 Gaming Conference, the PS4 has been determined to be the more favored system. The PS4 was released today, with lines forming outside of Best Buys and other electronics stores as early as yesterday afternoon. The console is impressive, offering a number of improvements from the previous generation, particularly to the controller (which offers and interactive touch-pad), menus, and game sharing. Additionally, the console is being retailed at $399, which is $100 less than the XBox One, and well below the $500 – $600 launch price of the PS3.

Since PS3, much has changed in the way of information sharing. When the PS3 was released, the “smartest” phone out there was the Blackberry, but that technology pales in comparison to the new features offered by Droids and IPhones currently. Devices require snappier interfaces allowing instant access; those concepts are central to using the PS4. The device’s controller, for example, is shaped similarly to the PS3 controller, but now includes a speaker and the interactive touch-pad. The PS4 controller is far more ergonomic to the hands, being much thinner and having a larger surface area, and the battery life lasts between 4 and 6 hours before recharge.

The Start button has been replaced by Options, which the Select button has been replaced with Share. Say you pull of an incredible scoring play while playing FIFA Soccer, and you want to show it off; you 1384364804000-DUALSHOCK4-01-1382978660can hit the Share button to hop into the menu to share the video clip as either an edited video,  a screenshot, or broadcast gameplay using Twitch or UStream. Once the clips are edited, you can share them on Facebook or Twitter.

What’s so incredible about the feature is its seamless transition between games and upload sharing. Switching between games and apps is much faster, and once you’re done sharing whatever it is you want to share, you can quickly snap back into your game.

As for the hardware, the PS4 boasts fewer curves than its predecessor. It’s slightly larger than the slim PS3, but far smaller than the original PS3 behemoth launched seven years ago. Inside the box, players get a 500 GB console, DualShock 4 controller, HDMI cable, USB cable for connecting and charging the controller and vouchers for the PlayStation Plus online service, PlayStation Network and Music Unlimited.

More than 20 games are available as of launch, including high-profile PS4 specific games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, and the adventure game Knack. Other staples such as Call of Duty and Madden will also be available.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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